It wasn't too long after they'd gone outside that Danny came running in exclaiming that he just had to take some pictures of the amazing sunrise and asked if it would it be ok if he took the camera out. What mom could say no to such enthusiasm? When they came in for breakfast, Danny told me I just had to post his pictures on the blog. Anna informed me that she had taken one of the shots, but we don't know which one, so we'll attribute the photos to both of them.
Keep in mind that since we live in a valley, the sunrise for us is when the sun comes up over some nearby mountains that we can't really see since they are blocked by trees. Danny loves the way the light is coming through the tree branches.
After breakfast, we had devotions, the kids practiced piano and did their inside chores, and then we got busy with the academics. We took a break for lunch and ate together out on the front porch, then finished our first day with some history read-alouds. I wouldn't give this up for anything, for the time I have with my children is priceless.
During the kids' piano and chore time, I went upstairs and listened to the President's speech to school children which was broadcast live on the radio. While it was surely inspirational to many, many folks across the country, to me it was a call to continue doing just what we do -- home school. Dan and I are not educating our children for the future of the country, the government, or the economy, we are educating our children to the glory of God.
"Hear O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deut. 6:4-7